"Courage is more exhilarating than fear."
Eleanor Roosevelt, "The Roosevelts--An Intimate History"
I've watched this Ken Burns series a few times. I never tire of the fire of Teddy Roosevelt and I'm mesmerized by FDR and Eleanor. Always, at the end of the seventh and final part, as they are describing Eleanor's last days, I get tears in my eyes. Since I work with a population of people who lived during the terms of FDR, I often ask how they felt about him. Much more often than not, they loved him and credited him for helping their families. What's the spiritual message of this? Well, for me it is something that was said about Winston Churchill, in this documentary, by one of the historians interviewed. He said that it's amazing how just the right person comes into power at just the right time. History, for me, is much easier to take than the present. Historical figures are easier to admire than the people slogging it out now. If we don't learn important lessons from history, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes. All I know for sure is, just after I've seen beloved family and friends in heaven, I'm going to search for Eleanor Roosevelt. She'll be there, probably helping someone in some way; wanting to assure heaven is fabulous for everyone. I'll thank her for saying this about courage...it's just what I need to hear! Love, heidi